August 17, 2018

Collection Spotlight: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith was appointed the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on June 14, 2017 and began serving on September 13, 2017. Her mission the Library's chief poet is to bring poetry to rural areas. "I wanted to go into the more rural communities that don’t have programming on a consistent basis, where people’s lives are equally affected by the kinds of questions and memories that poems can draw upon. If writers and scholars are only talking to each other, we’re missing out on a … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women Photojournalists

Below you will find links to biographies, images, and more resources related to women photojournalists from the Library of Congress. Late 1800s and early 1900s Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942)bio Ladies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016 Birches at the Sprague Smith Studio (source record | curator note) More Jessie Tarbox Beals photographs Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals in New York newspapers historical newspaper coverage of Jessie Tarbox … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor received a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in New York County, then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt. President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1992. President Bill Clinton then nominated Sotomayor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Syria

Syria country studySyria country profile BBCSyria country profileSyria timeline BBCPlaces in the News: SyriaSyria primary source set World Digital LibrarySyria mapsSyria image setBooks & reports about SyriaReport of the Syrian and Palestinian Relief Fund Sewing Rooms and Christian Herald Relief Fund Lace IndustryWebcasts related to SyriaSyrian dance song recordingsOriental Hymn Tunes: Egyptian and SyrianU.S. veteran oral histories (service … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Urban Planning, Housing, Architecture, Environment

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly CMHEC) NHD 2017 theme-related topic ideas. The links lead to resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted.Burnham and the City BeautifulToday in History: Daniel Burnham background & primary sources Featured Source: 1893 … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

 New Orleans at 300: The Crescent City's Tricentennial Inside Adams blog January 9, 2018War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's LibraryWinning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's LibraryThe Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacyHappy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blogThe Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: St. Louis

St. Louis mapsSt. Louis image setHistorical films featuring St. Louis"Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" song recording"St. Louis Blues" song recordingSt. Louis sheet musicThe St. Louis Republic, 1900-06 St. Louis, Mo.St. Louis articles, correspondence & reportsSt. Louis books & other textsU.S. legislation related to St. LouisMissouri state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: North American Fur Trade

ArticlesBefore Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access Exploration of the Missouri River & British Passage to the Pacific sections) After Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access the Fur Trade section) A Fortune Made from Fur: John Jacob Astor Inside Adams blog July 23, 2012  The Economic History of the Fur Trade: 1670 to 1870 by Ann M. Carlos, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Poughkeepsie, New York

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Poughkeepsie, where New York voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788. The city is located along the Hudson River about midway between New York City and Albany. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Poughkeepsie.Poughkeepsie imagesPoughkeepsie mapsPoughkeepsie Polka sheet musicForeign Affairs oral history mentions of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Greece

Greece primary source set World Digital LibraryGreece mapsGreece image setVideos and webcasts related to GreeceGreek related American life historiesGreece mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionVeteran oral histories including service in GreeceGreece sheet musicGreek song recordingsHistorical newspaper coverage: Greece 1836-1922Correspondence & reports related to Greece through 1899Books related to GreeceArticlesFALQs: The … [Read more...]